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Professor Schirmer is jointly appointed in the Health Research Institute and Centre for Change Governance, and is Chair of the University of Canberra's Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Research Network. She leads the Regional Wellbeing Survey, an annual survey examining the views of 15,000 rural, regional and urban Australians about the liveability and resilience of their community, and their own wellbeing and resilience. It covers topics ranging from understanding how to support carers living in the bush, to identifying the impacts of poor internet connectivity, and understanding how events such as droughts, floods and environmental policy change affect rural communities. Jacki's own research focuses on understanding the social dimensions of natural resource management and resilience to extreme climatic events, particularly how people's access to and use of natural resources affects their health and wellbeing. Her work in recent years has focused on (i) understanding wellbeing, resilience and recovery amongst communities experiencing cumulative extreme weather events and disasters, (ii) examining how to achieve greater adoption of pro-environmental behaviours, particularly in agriculture; (iii) analysing the social impacts of changes in management of natural resources such as forests, fisheries and water on workers and rural communities, and (iv) understanding the factors that drive conflict over natural resource management and which affect social acceptability of environmental policy and practice. 

Research interests

Member of Climate Change Adaptation Resilience and Recovery Network

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Director, Forest Stewardship Council Australia

May 2013Dec 2018

Adjunct Fellow, Australian National University

Feb 2012 → …


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